It's clear to me that the New Orleans Saints would like defensive end Will Smith ($14.5 million salary cap) and linebacker Jonathan Vilma ($8.6 million) back in 2013. Otherwise, one or both would have been cut already. So at this point, I'd be surprised if Vilma and Smith weren't on the team by today's 3 p.m. salary cap deadline with reduced contracts.

- I also don't expect safety Roman Harper to be sent packing either. Maybe I'll be wrong, but I don't think so.

- There's a reason why the Saints haven't talked with tackle Jermon Bushrod. The team wants the market to set the price. If it's too much, the Saints will go in a different direction. And it's hard to not think Bushrod will be playing elsewhere in 2013 considering there's been no significant talks at all with the Saints this offseason.

- There's been virtually no buzz around former first-round pick defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis. Two sluggish seasons to finish up his lucrative rookie contract will do that for a player. Ellis may need to take the same route as Shaun Rogers and Aubrayo Franklin did and sign a one-year "prove-it" deal with another team.

- Considering the free-agent quarterback class, I think Chase Daniel has a reason to be excited. "Today is the day. Starting it off right with a workout! #ChristmasDay," Daniel said Tuesday morning via Twitter. I'd be really surprised if Daniel remained in New Orleans in 2013. Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com reported Wednesday that Daniel has interest from at least six teams going into free agency.

- Linebacker Jonathan Casillas received some interest last offseason as a restricted free agent, but signed his tender anyway. It seems pretty apparent he'll be moving on to a team running a 4-3 defense.